Thermaculture® Treatment Services
Agrothermal Systems has pioneered the use of Thermaculture® treatment services, a new methodology for managing crops using heat with substantial, proven results. Our heat treatment is applied to plants through a tractor pulled machine at various stages throughout the growing cycle. Notable benefits include:
Higher fruit set can be managed to increase harvest yields providing more revenue per acre. In 2014, on 12 trial blocks, Thermaculture generated 31% more harvest yield per vine.
Reduced Pesticide Needs
Trials have shown season long Thermaculture treatments in an IPM type program can cut costs by 2/3rds or more, reduce work delays and prevent other unintended environmental and human consequences.
Improved Crop Qualities
Thermaculture during bloom has increased fruit set an average of 23% from 2012-2016 trials in over 50 vineyard blocks in California, Washington and Oregon and more recently in Germany and France.
Thermaculture treatment services is applied through the AgrothermXT machine. The machine is designed and manufactured by our partner, Clemens GmbH, a world leader in innovative machines for viticulture and orchard use.
The flavor characteristics of the wines from treated grapes were in my view noticeably better. In finished wines these early stage advantages would likely improve with aging to an even greater degree.Philip Goodband
In total we decreased our pest control spray passes in half...Each Thermaculture pass cost about 1/4th of the pesticide pass it replaced with less time wasted mixing chemicals and doing fill-ups.Shane McKibben
During the 2014 season and were amazed to see up to 40% more berries per bunch in fruit set over matching control blocks. We also saw better color, healthier looking, greener vines and deeper colored grapes at harvest.Shawn Veysey